Meet Our Physicians
Jan B. Tawakol, M.D.
Dr. Tawakol is an experienced physician with multiple board certifications including Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension as well as Interventional Nephrology. He has also been trained in Vascular Access Surgery and is currently one of only a few physicians in the United States to be certified in the complete spectrum of dialysis access related care. He has extensive experience, in excess of 10,000 cases across multiple procedures, published numerous medical research articles and presented at several national as well as international meetings.
Dr. Tawakol received his medical degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 1997. After working in Spain as well as the United Kingdom, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center in June 2002, his fellowships in Nephrology and Hypertension in 2003 and Interventional Nephrology in 2004 at the University of Miami, FL. He then underwent Microscopic Vascular Surgery Training in Paris, France. Dr. Tawakol held the position of the Training Program Director at the Southwest Kidney Institute in Phoenix, Arizona from 2005 until 2009.
Dr. Tawakol is a founding member of Plessen Healthcare, LLC and lives on St. Croix with his wife Dr. Tasnim Khan.
Tasnim Khan, M.D.
Dr. Khan is the Chief Medical Officer for Plessen Healthcare, LLC. She received her medical degree from the University of Malta Medical School and moved to the U.S. in 1998 to complete an Internal Medicine Internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. She then went on to complete an Internal Medicine Residency at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester, NY.
Dr. Khan completed a fellowship in the specialty of Nephrology and Hypertension, followed by a fellowship in Interventional Nephrology at the University of Miami, FL. She holds multiple board certifications including Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension, and Interventional Nephrology.
Prior to her arrival in the US Virgin Islands, Dr. Khan was in private practice at the Southwest Kidney Institute, PLC in Phoenix, AZ where she co-founded the Interventional Nephrology and Vascular Access center of the practice and trained physicians in this sub-specialty. She has published and presented at several national and international conferences. She is a member of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology.
Dr. Khan is one of the founding members of Plessen Healthcare, LLC and lives on St. Croix with her husband, Dr. Jan Tawakol.
Jesse Pelletier, MD
Jesse Pelletier, MD completed his ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and fellowship training in cornea/refractive surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He currently remains affiliated with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Miami-VA as Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology with responsibilities that include surgical training of residents, clinic supervision, and clinical research within the general ophthalmology and cornea divisions.
In private practice, as a founding partner of the Ocean Ophthalmology Group, Dr. Pelletier has experience treating many types of ocular moribidities including including cataracts, refractive disorders, corneal infection and inflammation, uveitis, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, cancerous and pre-malignant lesions of the cornea and conjunctiva, and dry eye disease. Dr. Pelletier also performs a variety of specialized surgeries including micro-incisional cataract surgery with premium intraocular lens implantation, ocular surface reconstruction, pterygium excision, and corneal transplantation. Dr. Pelletier has expertise in endothelial keratoplasty (also known as DSAEK), a form of transplantation in which only the deepest portion of the cornea is transplanted. This novel technique has revolutionized corneal surgery allowing for faster healing and more stable postoperative ocular integrity.
Dr. Pelletier has written and spoken extensively on infections of the ocular surface, epidemiology of eye infections and ocular microbiology. Moreover, he has served as both investigator and prinicipal investigator for several clinical trials and is a consultant for both the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. In addition to his private practice and academic positions, he is Director of Cataract and Corneal Surgery for the non-profit Africa Surgical Assistant Program, which provides research and surgical solutions to local health-care providers in West Africa.
Dr. Pelletier is an active member in the national and local ophthalmologic community. He is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and former president of the Miami Ophthalmological Society.
Kevin Stewart, MD
Kevin Stewart, MD completed his fellowship training in glaucoma at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital/New York University, Dr. Stewart served as a resident instructor at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, MEETH and St. Vincent’s Medical Center. After promotion to Associate Director of Glaucoma Clinical Services at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, he supervised the clinical and surgical training of ophthalmology residents and the provision of glaucoma services to over 10,000 glaucoma patients each year. At NYEEI he performed over 500 glaucoma and cataract surgeries as well as over 1000 laser procedures each year. Dr. Stewart was the recipient of the 2006 John S. Hermann, MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 2007 Residents’ Award for Outstanding Teaching and Dedicated Service. Dr. Stewart started his private practice in Manhattan in 2005 and still maintains a faculty appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor at New York Medical College. Dr. Stewart joined the Bascom Palmer and Memorial Regional staff and founded the Ocean Ophthalmology Group.
In addition to private practice, Dr. Stewart is actively involved in clinical research and industry activities related to the discovery of new products and procedures for the improvement of eye care. He has served as an investigator and a principal investigator in clinical trials in the US and abroad. He is an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University, co-founder of a nanotech biomedical device company based in New Jersey and China, and has served as Director of Marketing and Development at an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company based in New York.
Dr. Stewart serves as Chief Ophthalmic Surgeon of the Africa Surgical Assistance Project, where he has trained surgeons in West Africa to perform aqueous shunt and other surgeries for glaucoma. He has served as an ophthalmic surgeon and instructor in Madurai, India, periodically performs cataract surgery in Sierra Leone, and helped to establish a nonprofit surgical clinic in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He co-founded an eye hospital in Mombasa, Kenya, and established and maintains an eye clinic for the US Department of Health in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, where he performs cataract surgery for the un- and under-insured on a monthly basis.
Dr. Stewart is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Florida Glaucoma Society, the New York Glaucoma Society, the Miami Ophthalmological Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the New York State Ophthalmological Society, and the New York Society for Clinical Ophthalmology. He is on staff at Memorial Regional Hospital and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.